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LX
Avg. Price: $4,782
SE
Avg. Price: $5,059
SE Wagon
Avg. Price: $5,479
ZTS
Avg. Price: $5,154
ZTW Wagon
Avg. Price: $5,445
ZX3
Avg. Price: $4,933
ZX5
Avg. Price: $5,245

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45 stars

Based on 88 reviews

Brilliant Euro Hot Hatch by Shaun
 — Where can I start? The 2003 Focus ZX5 is a complete solid car that can bring joy to anybody. First, the performance: The 2.0 litre, 4 cylinder, DOHC, Zetec engine produces 135 BHP and is fairl... Read More
A Great Beater, Or Family Car. Economical. With A Little Speed. by Richard
 — Was a cheap beater, got from my sister, it was driven pretty much 24/7 for 2 years. with virtually no maintence. a few oil changes, new plug wires, a thermostat, and tires. it's never failed to start.... Read More
Awesome Little Car by emgriggs887
 — Performance was a little weak with these cars, however, handling more than made up for the lack of horsepower, I could take sharp turns with a recommmended speed of 35 going 65 - 70 mph easily, buildi... Read More

2003 Ford Focus Overview

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2003 Ford Focus

The 2003 Ford Focus continued to struggle with the line's reputation for quality issues and recalls. Despite its somewhat checkered history, the roomy interiors, smooth handling, and affordable price of the Focus line continued to appeal to American drivers looking for compact family transportation.

Buyers had a choice of several trims: the SE line, available in four-door wagon and sedan body models; a four-door LX sedan; and the performance-enhanced Z-line, which featured a two-door ZX3 hatchback, a four-door ZX5 hatchback, a four-door ZTS sedan and a four-door ZTW wagon.  (The Focus was also offered as an SVT performance model, which you'll find elsewhere on this site.)

The standard models of the 2003 Ford Focus had a 2.0 liter, four-cylinder Zetec engine, which produced 110 horsepower; the Z-line models offered an enhanced overhead-cam version, which packed a more impressive 130 horsepower.  Still, it wasn't power that was going to draw buyers to this line; value was the watchword that Ford emphasized in its marketing, and value was what people responded to.  

The 2003 Ford Focus gives good value at the pumps, too, with 21-27 mpg city, 25-36 mpg highway. It may not set your heart aflutter, but it's easy on the pocketbook!

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jenglish01
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2003 Ford Focus Zx5 Starting Issue

I have a 2003 Ford Focus ZX5 SE. After it is driven for about 30 minutes and turned off the engine will not start again. It will crank and start if I manually give it gas but stalls after I release ...

7 views with 2 answers (last answer 47 minutes ago)
pagen
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What Aftermarket Remote Can I Use With My Focus

What aftermarket remote with remote start can I use???

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Paul Dunne
15

Gear Box Or Clutch

Hi all!I have a 2003, focus 2.0, 5 speed Zetec. PULP Prob: Always held revs for a sec after deceleration Gear clash in 2nd and 3rd on up or down shift Interventions: Put Nulon gear oil in b...

4,227 views with 18 answers (last answer 2 weeks ago)
badbeardford
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Which Fuse On A 2003 Focus Zx5 Controls The Power Locks?

Of course the key works but neither the key-activated opener nor the manual switch inside the car working...assume it's a fuse, but don't know which one...any help?

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Carguy_monkeywrench
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Car Just Stalled While Driving

I have a ford focus SE 2003. This a.m. driving to work, it just stopped running. I could cruise it over to the side of the road but all the dash lights flashed and it stopped. I started it up and t...

55 views with 1 answer (last answer about a month ago)